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Getting ready for compulsory microchipping

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VETS and veterinary nurses across Great Britain are being encouraged to help dog owners prepare for the new regulations that will make microchipping of dogs compulsory in England, Wales and Scotland in 2016.

The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, which will introduce compulsory microchipping of dogs in England on April 6 next year, came into force on February 24. The Scottish Government confirmed earlier this year that it intends to change the law and to require all dogs in Scotland to be microchipped from April next year (VR, March 14, 2015, vol 176, p 269). The Welsh Government is currently consulting on its plans to introduce compulsory microchipping of dogs in Wales (VR, March 28, 2015, vol 176, p 323).

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To help vets prepare their clients for the introduction of the new legislation, the BVA has produced posters for display in practices in England, Wales and Scotland. All three posters (pictured) can be downloaded from the BVA's website at

John Blackwell, the BVA President, said: ‘As a founding member of the Microchipping Alliance, which campaigned for compulsory microchipping together with dog welfare organisations, local authorities and others, BVA is delighted with the progress that has been …

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